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Bengaluru:  Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa held the formal inauguration of its new academic year on Saturday, June 22, 2024. The acts of the day began with a solemn votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, presided by Rev. Fr. Sabu George, President of the Institute.  Following the Mass, Fr. Sabu delivered the inaugural message and declared the academic year open, in the presence of the management, staff, students, and invited guests.


The following courses are scheduled for the current academic year: licentiate and diploma in theology of consecrated life, formative accompaniment: theory and practicum, safeguarding minors in ministry, discerning leadership for the consecrated, intensive preparatory for perpetual profession in forge key, contemplating with the celluloid: spiritual exercises with movies, summer course in consecrated life, online courses in essentials of consecrated life and Bible studies, and national and regional seminars in consecrated life.

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Kailasapuram, Visakhapatnam: In keeping with the global concern for the environment, and to teach the same to the parish children and youth, Velankanni Matha Church Kailasapuram, in the diocese of Visakhapatnam, observed World Environment day on 16 June 2024.

The parish priest, Fr. Santhosh, CMF began the day by leading the participants in prayer for the environment. Mr. Joachim, the vice president of the parish council, through a short message explained to the children and the youth the need to care for the environment, especially for the mother earth, by planting more trees. A chain of events were arranged for the day, which included planting of saplings, poster making and chanting of the slogan "Each one Plant One".


The young parishioners showed great interest in care of the environment by active participation in day’s events.

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Beginning Afresh with Vigour

Nallajerla: On 13 June 2024 St. Claret School, Nallajerla campus was blooming afresh with enthusiasm and vigour to mark the beginning of the new academic year. Fr. Sebastian Muthukattil, CMF solemnized the occasion by welcoming and blessing the staff and the students.

Earlier, on June 3, in order to prepare the teachers for the new academic year, an orientation seminar for teachers was organized by the school management. Fr. Tomy Urumbumkuzhiyil, CMF guided the day and inspired the teachers to commit themselves in the noble task of imparting knowledge to the students.


The previous academic year, 2023-24, was a memorable one for the school because once again the X class students had made the management and the staff proud by getting very good result to the school. P Harshitha brought laurels to the school by securing 591 marks out of 600 in the public examination and stood first in the mandal, 42 students secured distinction, 17 students stood first division and one student second division. The school recognised the hard work of the students and staff by congratulating them for their remarkable commitment and achievements.


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First Holy Communion, Kailasapuram, Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam: On 02 June 2024, the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, 41 children received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at Velankanni Matha Church, Kailasapuram.

The summer vacations came in handy for the parish in the archdiocese of Visakhapatnam, to spiritually prepare the candidates for the First Holy Communion. Forty one children from the parish regularly assembled at the church premises for two weeks for intensive catechetical instructions. The catechism teachers from our parish rendered their generous help for the camp and organized all the sessions in a very lively and systematic manner. Fr. Santhosh CMF, the parish priest guided the children during the last two days to understand the seven Sacraments and the precepts of the church. Fr. John CMF prepared the candidates for the confession. After the due preparation, the children received Christ for the first time on the solemnity of “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ”.


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Bengaluru:  Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa conducted a month-long intensive course from April 30 to May 30, 2024 in essentials of consecrated life. There were 58 participants for the course from 27 religious orders and congregations.

The month long learning consisted of ten topics, namely, theology of vocation, theology of charism, revisioning consecrated life from history, biblical spirituality of consecrated life, evangelical counsels, theology of community life, psychospiritual integration, affective maturity, culture of discernment, and consecrated life as eucharistic therapy for the world. The participants expressed great satisfaction and were highly appreciative of the renewal experience offered by ICLS, enabling them to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals and essentials of consecrated life.


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Fidelity in Commitment – Claretian Vocation Day

Bengaluru: As we celebrate the 175th year of Claretian Foundation, we continue to grow and thank God for the blessings of vocation. 31 May 2024, the Claretian Vocation day, was once again a memorable day for the Claretians in India. On 30 May, the eve of the vocation day, seven of the Postulants from Indian Major Organisms began their Novitiate Year at Claret Bhavan Carmelaram; other postulants will join them soon.

On 31 May, five Novices, four from Province of Bangalore and one from Kolkata Delegation committed themselves through First Profession;

21 of their companions made the commitment at other places. Rev. Fr. Sabu George, Provincial Superior of Bangalore accepted the professions in Bengaluru during the solemn Eucharistic celebration, which was graced by Claretian fraternity and a host of neighbouring priests and religious, well-wishers and families of those making their professions. During the celebration 10 Students from the Province of Bangalore renewed their religious commitments to continue their vocational journey.


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Jubilee Renewal and Celebration

Bengaluru: Province of Bangalore hosted a Renewal Seminar for the Jubilarians of ASCLA West Conference from 25 to 27 May 2024 at Provincial Curia Bengaluru.


17 priests, seven from province of Bangalore, four from province of Chennai, five from delegation of Kolkata and one from province of Northeast India participated in the renewal seminar; the participants included those celebrating the Golden Jubilee of their Religious Profession, and those celebrating Silver Jubilee of Sacerdotal ordination and Religious life.


The three day seminar consisted of sharing of life’s journey, which helped the jubilarians to recall the joy and faithfulness of their vocation, Claretian fraternal communion and the fulfillment of ministerial priesthood. Fr. George Kulangara, CMI helped the jubilarians to reflect on Priestly Leadership through Mission Spirituality, while Fr. Benny Koottanal, MSFS inspired the participants through reflection on Holistic Maturity. Dr. Merin Thomas engaged in an interactive session with the jubilarians to understand the expectations of laity from priests.


The group also enjoyed an evening with Claretian Community at Jalahalli. The jubilarians cherished the joy of Claretian fraternity and renewing of the missionary commitment through this coming together.

On 28 May, Province of Bangalore felicitated its jubilarians in Solemn Eucharistic celebration and agape which graced by the presence of a good number of Claretian fraternity.


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World Children’s Day - Velankanni Matha Church, Kailasapuram

Visakhapatnam: Pope Francis had declared that the Catholic Church’s “First World Children’s Day” would take place on 25 & 26 May 2024. Responding to Pope’s invitation, Velankanni Matha Church, Kailasapuram in Visakhapatnam diocese, celebrated it on the appointed day with vigour and enthusiasm.

Sr. Sudha SJC animated the days with different sessions and activities.

The camp comprised of various informative and learning activities based on basic prayers and catechism, stories from the life of Jesus, devotion to Mother Mary, inspirations from the lives of Saints, lessons on hygiene, moral and social values, learning interactive songs, etc. Children participated with a lot of enthusiasm and competitive spirit in the activities.  Prizes were distributed to all the winners; all the participants too received special gifts from the parish priest.

On 26th, the feast of Holy Trinity, the second day of children’s day celebration, Fr. Santhosh CMF, the parish priest, in his homily highlighted the message of unity, love and sharing in families, among parents and children by taking the Holy Trinity as the model for life. For the children as well as their families, this coming together and celebration served as the uniting bond.

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Shepherds after Christ-Claretian Discerning Leadership Workshops

Bengaluru: Taking forward the congregational initiative of training the members in Discerning Leadership, Province of Bangalore completes training of its members with the third workshop held from 13 to 20 May 2024 at Claret Nivas Carmelaram. 32 members, 28 from Province of Bangalore and four from St. Thomas Province participated in the training.

The workshop consisted of various modules of different aspects of leadership and discernment, such as contextual understanding, Jesus’ way, Claretian key, personality dynamics, synodality, conflict transformation, polarity management, etc.

The participants were assisted and guided by Frs. Paulson Veliyannoor and James Kannanthanam through input sessions, personal and group reflections as well as activities, some assessment tests and exercises. On the whole the workshop helped in understanding and building up effective leadership in the context of the Congregation and the Church.  

Province of Bangalore held three such workshops first one in July 2023, second in April 2024 and the final one in May 2024. With this, almost all the members of the province participated and benefited from the workshop.

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New Residence and Campus Gate Inaugurated

Kurnool: On 06 May 2024 Maria Nivas Kurnool community fulfilled its long-awaited dream of having a proper dwelling. The New Residence of the community was blessed by Most Rev. Johannes Gorantla, O.C.D, Bishop of Kurnool and was opened by Rev. Fr. Manuel Tamargo, CMF, General Prefect of Economy.

The New Residence stands as a testament to the dedication and commitment of Claretian community to their mission in Kurnool Diocese and to foster belonging and unity among the members. With its graceful architecture and serene surroundings, the residence symbolizes a sanctuary where faith, compassion and service converge.

On the occasion a memorial gate too was inaugurated. To mark the Jubilee of 175 years of the Foundation of the Congregation, a New Gate was built to the campus. The gate was blessed by Most Rev. Johannes Gorantla, O.C.D and was opened by Rev. Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil, CMF, the Provincial Superior.

The day’s programme culminated with solemn Eucharistic elebration presided by Bishop Johannes Gorantla with participation of Claretian fraternity, neighbouring priests, religious and well-wishers.

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Bengaluru: This year the Easter Week brought more joy to the Province of Bangalore as two of our Deacons were conferred with the Sacred Order of Priesthood.

Deacon Seru Sagar was ordained on 04 April 2024 by Most Rev. Joseph Raja Rao, Bishop of Vijayawada, at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church Yesupuram, his native parish in Vijayawada diocese.

Deacon Sikha Kumar was ordained on 05 April 2024 at his native parish, St. Theresa of Avila Church Ravipadu, by Most Rev. Chinnabathini Bhagyaiah, Bishop of Guntur.

On 27 April 2024 Deacon Govind Kujur, CMF was ordained priest by Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, Bishop of Daltonganj.

The celebration was solemnized at the native parish of Govind, St. Stephen’s Church, Nayakhar, Garhwa, Jharkhand. It was a very festive celebration, accompanied by local traditional customs like dance and singing. Along with the family and friends of Govind, a large number of faithful, priests, religious and Claretian fraternity participated in the celebration.

All the celebrations were solemnized with large participation of the faithful and Claretian Fraternity. Together with the Claretians, the families of the new priests rejoiced to see their sons at the service of the Altar. It was festive atmosphere as the Easter joy was doubled with the Grace of Ordinations.

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St. Claret College, Bengaluru Granted Autonomous Status

Bengaluru: In a significant development for the educational landscape of Bengaluru, St. Claret College, Jalahalli has been conferred with Autonomous Status by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Government of Karnataka, ushering in a new era of academic freedom and innovation. The announcement, which came on 03 April 2024, has been met with widespread acclaim from students, parents, alumni and faculty.

A Standing Committee led by Prof. Dr. Jayakara Shetty M., Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University visited St. Claret College on February 08, 2024 and assessed the preparations of the college for grant of autonomous status. The committee included Shri Sheik Latheef, K.A.S., Registrar, Bangalore University, academicians and administrators.

The attainment of autonomous status is a testament to the unwavering commitment of St. Claret College towards excellence in higher education. With this status, the institution gains greater administrative and academic autonomy, allowing it to design its own curriculum, conduct examinations, and award degrees. This newfound independence empowers St. Claret College to tailor its educational offerings to meet the evolving needs of students and industries, fostering a culture of creativity, research, and entrepreneurship.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal, Dr. Fr. Thomas Thennadiyil, expressed excitement, stating, "The grant of autonomous status is a validation of our relentless pursuit of academic excellence and innovation. It opens up new avenues for us to enrich the learning experience of our students and contribute meaningfully to society."

Founded in 2005 by the Claretian Missionaries, St. Claret College has a current enrolment of 2600 students across a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. programs. Accredited with an esteemed A+ grade by NAAC and approved by AICTE, the college maintains high standards of education and excellence.

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Claretians Win Top Music Awards at India’s National Youth Festival

Bengaluru: In a remarkable feat, students from St. Claret College, Bengaluru, clinched top honours at the 37th inter-university National Youth Festival held at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, from March 28 to April 1, 2024. The talented Claretines showcased their musical prowess and brought home prestigious awards in various categories.

Ms. Maria Jessica K. P., a second-year MSW student, soared to success by securing the second prize in the Western Solo Vocal category. Her mesmerizing performance captivated the audience and earned her accolades from the judges. Adding to the triumph, Mr. Kevin Renold, a second-year B.Sc student, claimed the second prize in the Western Instrumental Solo category. Renold's exceptional skills and musical finesse left a lasting impression on the judges and audience alike.

The collective talent of Claretines shone brightly in the Western Group Song category, where a team comprising Mr. Jonathan S. Varghese, Peimilan Luithui, Celeste Sarah Varghese, Bhuvaneswaran, Maria Jessica K.P., Kevin Renold, Vinaya Glancin, Rodoshi Ghosh, and Paul Kurian delivered a stellar performance, securing a third position in the competition.

Fr. Thomas Thennadiyil, Principal of St. Claret College, expressed immense pride and joy at the students' outstanding achievements. He commended their dedication, hard work, and talent, which brought laurels to the institution. "These Claretines make us very proud," remarked Fr. Thomas emphasizing the college's commitment to nurturing all-round excellence among its students. The success of St. Claret College students at the National Youth Festival underscores their exceptional musical abilities and serves as a testament to the institution's commitment to fostering talent and creativity.

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Bengaluru:  Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa held its twenty-second Convocation ceremony on March 20, 2024. The event was graced by Rev. Dr. Charles Leon, executive secretary to the CCBI (Conference of Catholic Bishops of India) Commission for vocations, seminaries, clergy, and religious. 

At the Convocation, three licentiate students who have completed all the requirements for the award of the degree were felicitated. Twelve students received diploma in theology of consecrated life. Twenty-three students who completed the three-month intensive preparatory for perpetual profession received their certificates.

Sr. Rose Beena, SCSM was awarded the newly instituted Smt. V. Esther Stanley Merit Award for the topper in diploma in theology of consecrated life. The award was instituted by Ms. Beulah Vennela, a rehabilitation psychologist, in honor of her mother who was a teacher, activist, and practicing catholic.

In his convocation address, Dr. Charles Leon reminded the graduates to honor the essentials of consecrated life and be a spiritual therapy for the world, echoing the invitation of Vita Consecrata, no. 87.  ICLS Director, Fr. Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF administered the oath of graduation to the class of 2024.

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Nurturing the Past and Crafting the Future – Alumni 2024

Tenali, Andhra Pradesh: 09 March 2024 marked a historic day for Mukti School and Hostel, when it celebrated its first ever Alumni Day. The event saw 140 former students coming together to pay tribute to their alma mater.

Shri M.Y. Kondalu, IRSE (Retd), M. Tech. Civil Engineering, graced the occasion as Chief Gust and motivated the alumni with his inspiring thoughts. Former directors of the institute too were present to encourage the students.

The alumni shared the inspiring stories of their lives and Mukti inmates exhibited their talents through vibrant performances adding colour and beauty to the event.

The Mukti Alumni 2024 gathering served as a testament of enduring bond between the institution and its alumni. It provided a platform for reflection, inspiration, and reinforcement of the values and legacy of Mukti. As the alumni move forward in their lives, Mukti continues to be a strong source of support and encouragement, helping the next generations to aim high and stand out in the society.

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Rediscovering the Prophetic Voice in VUCA India

Bengaluru, INDIA:  As has been the tradition since its very beginnings, the Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa (ICLS) on 03-04 February 2024 celebrated the Day of Consecrated Life by hosting a two-day National Seminar, on the theme, “Rediscovering the Prophetic Voice in VUCA India: A Challenge for the Consecrated Today.” This was the 20th such seminar organized by ICLS, and was attended by a capacity crowd of 275.

The choice of the theme was in response to the present context of growing fundamentalism, hypernationalism, and intolerance towards Christians and other minority groups in India and the feeble response of the Church towards the same. Sr. Shashinta Monteiro, president of the Bangalore Chapter of the Conference of Religious India, inaugurated the seminar. Renowned peace activist Fr. Cedric Prakash, SJ, presented a reality check on the current Indian scenario and the need for prophetic courage. Fr. José Cristo Rey Garcia Paredes, CMF, then dwelt on prophetic witnessing being intrinsic to the vocation of the consecrated. A practicing advocate, Sr. Julie George, SSpS, showcased various modern prophetic voices in the world, from whom the consecrated could learn. Fr. Xavier E. Manavath, CMF, Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, presented a roadmap for being prophetic in India. And finally, Dr. Kochurani Joseph, a laywoman who serves as the spokesperson for Syro Malabar Church and consultant to several congregations, spoke of how to form candidates into future prophets.

The seminar ended with the holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Sabu George, Provincial Superior of the Province of Bangalore and president of ICLS.

The Seminar also included a poster presentation wherein students from formation houses presented creative posters on the theme of the Seminar. “The Spirit Widens Our Tent,” authored by José Cristo Rey and the eleventh title in the Consecrated Life Series published by ICLS, was also released at the Seminar.

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NALLAJERLA:  St. Claret School Nallajerla on 10 January 2024 organized a unique and engaging event called Children’s Market. The purpose of this event was to provide students with a hands-on learning experience in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and teamwork. Students showed a lot of interest in conducting the market. The event took place in the school premises and involved students from various grades participating as both sellers and buyers; a total of 104 stalls were put up by different groups.

Not only students who were part of this wonderful event, but parents too participated in it and congratulated the management for hoisting such creative events in the campus to help the children for an open and creative thinking. The event encouraged teamwork as students collaborated with their peers to organize and operate their stalls. This collaborative effort helped in building camaraderie among the students and enhanced their social and interpersonal skills. The Children's Market provided students with a real-world application of theoretical concepts learned in subjects like mathematics, economics, and business studies. It allowed them to see the practical implications of these subjects in a fun and interactive manner.

The involvement of parents was crucial for the success of the event. Parents supported their children in the preparation process, offering guidance on product ideas, pricing strategies, and even assisting with the creation of products. The event provided numerous learning opportunities beyond academics, such as problem-solving, decision-making, and effective communication. Students had to address challenges like stock management, customer service, and adapting to market dynamics.

St. Claret School's Children's Market was a resounding success, achieving its objectives of promoting entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and teamwork among students. The event not only showcased the creativity and talents of the students but also demonstrated the school's commitment to providing holistic education that goes beyond the classroom. The positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers indicates the potential for future scope of such practical learning experiences at St. Claret School.

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New Claretian Initiative in Vijayawada Diocese

Bhaskaraopet, Vijayawada: Continuing to explore the evangelizing opportunities, Claretians of Province of Bangalore have begun new pastoral collaboration with the Diocese of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

29 November 2023 marked the new beginning, as Sacred Heart Church Bhaskaraopet was officially handed to the Claretians.

The new Parish Priest, Fr. Tom Vellappattu, CMF was installed by Rev. Fr. Praveen, the Dean of the diocese in the presence of Fr. Jaipaul Thumma, the Prefect of Youth and Vocation Ministry of the province, other Claretians, diocesan Priests, Religious Sisters and a very enthusiastic assembly of the parish faithful.

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First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Bengaluru: Saints Joseph & Claret Church Dasarahalli celebrated the day of Holy Sacraments on Sunday, 19 November 2023.

On the day, during the Holy Eucharist, 16 children received the First Holy Communion and seven of them also received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

His Excellency Mar Sebastian Adayantharath, bishop of Mandya, presided the celebration accompanied by Fr. Xavier Manavath, the Episcopal Vicar for Archdiocese of Bangalore, Fr. John Payikattu, the Vice Provincial of Claretian Province of Bangalore and other priests.

For the parishioners, especially for the children receiving the sacraments, it was a very joyful celebration with meaningful participation.

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Celebrating the Magic of Childhood

Medchal, Hyderabad: St. Claret High School Medchal transformed into a hub of joy and generosity during its Children's Day celebrations held on 14 November 2023. The event was also marked by a Food Fest.

A thoughtfully curated assembly by the teachers kicked off the festivities, inspiring and motivating the students with its dynamic presentation. The Chief Guest of the Day, Fr. Mathew, the Manager of the School, delivered a short yet thought-provoking speech. Addressing the eager young minds, he spoke about the essence of kindness, the excitement of learning, and the pursuit of dreams. His encouragement for students to excel, support one another, and value their unique skills was both inspiring and motivational, leaving a lasting impact on everyone present.

The highlights of the day included a variety of fast-food items, fun games, and a lottery dip. The school playground buzzed with activity as teachers doubled up as event organisers and chefs offering a variety of delicious dishes.

Besides the culinary delights, the festival featured a special charity lottery. The lottery was a unique feature, with proceeds going to support the underprivileged in the community. The excitement was palpable as the winners of the lottery were announced, receiving an array of exciting prizes.

The event concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks by Kumari Sravya, a tenth-grade student, and the National Anthem, leaving a lasting impression of nostalgia and achievement.

The funds raised through the lottery and food festival will be used for initiatives aimed at providing some financial assistance and participating in the well-being of the less fortunate.

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LOVE YOUR EYES AT WORK - International World Sight Day 2023

Tumkur: On the occasion of World Sight Day, 12 October 2023, in its effort to raise awareness and care for the visually impaired, The Project Vision Rural Eye-Care campus conducted a “Blind Walk” at Kortagere taluk in Tumkur district. Around 150 participated and thousands of people witnessed the Blind Walk.

International World sight Day is an annual event held on the second Thursday of October to raise awareness about blindness and vision impairment. It emphasizes the importance of eye health and encourages individuals, communities, and governments to take action to ensure that everyone has access to essential eye care service. This year the World Sight Day theme was LOVE YOUR EYES AT WORK.

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Bengaluru: For the second successive year, the Institute of Consecrated Life – Sanyasa (ICLS), Bengaluru, organized Formative Accompaniment: Theory and Practicum (FATP-2023), a unique upskilling program for experienced formators as well as those taking baby-steps in the ministry of formation. Twenty formators from various institutes participated in the FATP-2023, which consisted of a two-month-long online sessions beginning in June 2023, followed by an 18-day intensive residential workshop from September 7 to 24.

The FATP residential segment consisted of two halves: the first half began with a world café exercise aimed at sharing of experiences in the ministry of formation, which was followed by a grounding in formative philosophy and dynamics, basic counselling skills, self-awareness, and rules of discernment. The second half sought an in-depth skilling in the theory and practice of six formative interventions modelled after the methodology of John Heron and supplemented with spiritual intervention skills.

(This has been an adapted methodology pioneered by Frs. Paul Smyth and Mathew Vattamattam for the Claretian formators’ course.) The learnings were further reinforced by analysis of case studies and movies displaying the said interventions. Finally, the participants enacted the various interventions, which were analysed threadbare, topping the skilling experience.

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Velanganni Matha – Parish Feast Celebration

Visakhapatnam: Velangani Matha Parish Kailasapuram celebrated the annual Parish Feast of its patron, the Velangani Matha on Friday 8 September 2023; the faithful of the parish as well as neighbours participated in the festivities with devotion and faith.

The annual festivities included devotion and spiritual preparations through novena to Our Lady of Velanganni and Eucharistic celebrations with special themes. On the Feast Day proper, there were three Eucharistic Celebrations. Morning 6.30 Mass in English was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil CMF, Provincial Superior of Bangalore Province. At 8.30 Mass in Telugu was celebrated by Fr. Tom Vellappattu, CMF. The solemn concelebrated Holy Eucharist was presided by most Rev. Mallavarapu Prakash the Archbishop of Visakhapatnam. The celebrations culminated with a fraternal meal and procession.

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Hyderabad: Committed to offer quality education through its institutions, Province of Bangalore organised a four day seminar for the teachers of different schools of the province from 19 to 22 August 2023 at Dhyana Ashram Centre Medchal, Hyderabad. 45 teachers from 10 schools took advantage of the opportunity.

The prefect of apostolate and mission, Fr. Siby Eravimangalam along with Education Ministry coordinator, Fr. Benny Cheruthottupuram organised the programme aiming to qualify the teachers as mentors than mere teachers. Topics like Teachers to be Mentors, Classroom Management, Quest for Excellence, Compassion of Education, etc. were dealt during the seminar.

Teachers were inspired to be moulders looking at every child as a possibility. Various group interactions and group works made the seminar more participative and lively. The participants also had an opportunity for cultural visit to the city. The coming together of the teachers from different schools of the province itself was a learning and encouraging factor of the seminar.

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Grateful in Service – Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee

Bengaluru: on 24 August 2023, Feast of Apostle Bartholomew, Province of Bangalore came together at Provincial Curia to thank God and to appreciate the members who celebrate their Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee during the year.

Frs. Irudayaswamy, Paulson Veliyannoor, Sebastian Theruvanmoola and Thomas Thennadiyil complete 25 years as priests. The jubilarians were grateful for the Claretian vocation and the gift of priesthood they shared in service of the people, especially in the field of education and pastoral ministry. Appreciating the jubilarians, Provincial Superior, Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil, recalled various ministries that these priests had undertaken in the province for the past 25 years and contributed to the growth of the province and enrichment of many a people. It was also an occasion to appreciate the sacrifices by families of the jubilarians by offering their sons to God and the Church. The celebration was solemnized with the festive Eucharist and a fraternal meal attended by Claretian fraternity.

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